APPT Auckland: Final table (level 19)

Live updates from the final table & level 19 (blinds 6000-12,000, ante 2000) of the PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event brought to you by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall from SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand. Click refresh to see the latest updates below, while the latest selected chip counts can be found by clicking here.

1.30pm: Head or heart?

Richard Lancaster has moved up the counts to 990,000 after making a great read on Michael Shinzaki. The American raised it up to 24,000 from early position and the action folded around to Lancaster in late position who made the call. Shinzaki then check-called Lancaster's bet on the flop of 2♥ J♠ [10d]. When the dealer produced the Q♥ on the turn, Shinzaki led out for 94,000, Lancaster made the call then Shinzaki fired out 130,000 on the river 3♥.

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A brave call paid dividends for local player Richard Lancaster

Lancaster went into the tank for about three minutes before making the call - amazingly, Shinzaki instantly mucked his hand and a gasp went up from the gallery, followed by some solid support. "I had to go with my gut," Lancaster said as he raked in his chips. Shinzaki slipped to 420,000 after that hand.

1pm: Better late than never

After a slight delay due to the late (and sheepish) arrival of Ke Sijia, play is underway at the final table. The loudest cheering section belongs to Lance Climo, with a big contingent of family and friends having made the 120-kilometre trip north from Hamilton to Auckland.

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The nine players who'll battle for the APPT Auckland title today at SKYCITY Casino

In the first major action of the day, Sijia showed he's well and truly awake, managing to take a huge chunk of change from chip leader Gerome Guitteau in the early stages of this final table. Sijia raised it up pre-flop to 34,000 from the cut-off and was called down by Guitteau from the big blind and it was heads-up to a flop that read Q♠ 6♣ 7♣.

Guitteau checked to Sijia who moved all-in for 263,000. Guitteau made the call, tabling 8♥ 7♥ for middle pair but was miles behind Sijia's A♥ A♣. The turn and river ran out Q♦ 5♣ and Sijia doubled through to around 600,000 while Guitteau slips to 955,000.

12.30pm: Now for the Philippines

With the APPT Auckland title almost decided, players are starting to make their plans for the next event on the season three schedule, which will be played at the stunning Shangri-la Mactan Resort in Cebu, Philippines from November 11-15.


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